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New Country of Origin Food-Labeling Law Goes Into Effect

COOL News! Food Labeling Law Goes Into Effect

Do you know where your avocado is from? That question is easier to answer now as the new food labeling law goes into effect this week. The so-called COOL law (country of origin label) requires producers of fresh meats, many fruits and vegetables, and assorted other products to state clearly on packages where the food originates.

As part of the Obama administration's efforts to improve food safety, labels on meat products will even state where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered. However, the law doesn't apply to many foods that are considered "processed," including roasted nuts, bacon, breaded chicken, and bags of veggies containing more than one variety.

Still, the COOL indicator will help us know if produce hails from a place where food safety has come into question, such as when we were told to avoid hot peppers from Mexico and certain states' tomatoes amid last year's salmonella outbreaks. I hope it's just the first step in revamping our faulty food-safety system. Are you looking forward to seeing the new labels?


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delightfairy delightfairy 8 years
Sounds good to me!
how cool!
nia0nia nia0nia 8 years
I think the best outcome of this is environmental - we can choose to buy food more locally and avoid food that has been flown all over the world
Spectra Spectra 8 years
That IS good news! It'll be nice to know which state or country my produce comes from.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that this is a great thing, and hopefully it means that we'll avoid all the mass chaos if there's another epidemic of something bad happening to food.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
syako syako 8 years
I was going to say, it seems a little quick to be a part of the Obama admin! :speedy:
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
So will this just designate country of origin or will it also label which state, if it's from the US?
Montrealmama Montrealmama 8 years
Yippe, Canada has that already on fruits and veg and we are told to look for the Canadian Flag sticker on Meat so we know it is Canadian!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Sounds good to me! :)
zcoral zcoral 8 years
This has nothing to do with the Obama Administration's efforts to improve food safety. It was passed into law in the Farm bill years ago and was planned to take effect after an extended period of time to give farmers time to implement the new labeling requirements.
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